Frome Town 2-0 Winchester City

Sholing 1 Winchester City 2

on Sat 5 Oct

Winchester though made a slow start and fell behind in the 3rd minute when Alex Sawyer set up Dan Mason to score. Sholing were holding the ball up well in the early stages and came close to scoring again with Brad Targett shooting narrowly wide and Joe Hayward having to race back and intercept almost on the goal-line.

Winchester however draw level in the 20th minute when Simba M;ambo crossed for Jamie Barron to score. Sholing looked dangerous following the goal with Targett putting in a cross that no-one could get on the end of, Marvin McLean shooting narrowly wide and Ryan Pryce making an important save to deny Sawyer. However Winchester finished the half strongly with Ryan Gosney in the home goal having to make saves from I K Hill, Mlambo and Emmerson. Winchester also had a penalty appeal turned down and following a further save from Gosney, this time from Barron, Ollie Balmer's follow upshot was just wide.

Winchester certainly started the second half brighter than they did the first half. Simba Mlambo had an effort just wide and when Sholing attacked Winchester got in some crucial blocks with Kieran Douglas and Joe Hayward particularly resilient and Keith Emmerson playing with his customary determination. IK Hill had an effort tipped over the bar by Gosney and shortly afterwards Winchester had to reshuffle when Rob Flooks went off injured with Dan Williamson coming on at right back and Joe Hayward coming on as centre back. Hayward would later epitomise the spirit in the Winchester side when he received an accidental cut to the head which required it to be bandaged, but he carried on valiantly and even on occasions attempted to head the ball. At that stage on proceedings Rob Carr was the only substitute available to Winchester and he was barely fit having picked up an injury on having a run out from the reserves following his return from suspension,

Ryan Pryce in the Winchester goal had to make a save from Dan Mason and an even better one to tip an effort from Brad;ey Targett round the post for a corner. At the other end Gosney made further saves from Emmerson and Mlambo, but the home goalkeeper will be disappointed with the goal he conceded when from Jamie Barron's corner Dom Panesar-Dower who had only just replaced I K Hill got a touch which normally the keeper would have kept out, In the first half Gosney had been drawn out of position and did well to recover.

For the final 17 minutes Winchester survived without too much alarm and achieved their second successive 2-1 win on their travels.

 

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